Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times

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Noam Chomsky is arguably the most important and best-respected dissident political analyst in the United States. While his outspoken opinions on American foreign policy have hardly endeared him to the mainstream media (or the leading lights of either the Republican or Democratic parties), his sharp but well-considered opinions have made him a mainstay of leftist political journals and a tireless opponent of misdirected military violence and political bullying. Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times is a ...
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Overview

Noam Chomsky is arguably the most important and best-respected dissident political analyst in the United States. While his outspoken opinions on American foreign policy have hardly endeared him to the mainstream media (or the leading lights of either the Republican or Democratic parties), his sharp but well-considered opinions have made him a mainstay of leftist political journals and a tireless opponent of misdirected military violence and political bullying. Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times is a documentary which explores Chomsky's lectures and writings on the Bush administration's responses to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Chomsky discusses foreign policy decisions which helped to create the climate in which the 9/11 attacks could happen, as well as military and political decisions against Afghanistan and Iraq which have taken their toll largely upon civilians -- which, by Chomsky's estimation, makes the United States as much a terrorist agency as our opponents.
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Special Features

30 minutes of bonus footage; Cast & crew profiles; Trailer gallery; Chapters
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
In this brief, 72-minute documentary, linguistics professor and controversial political activist Noam Chomsky shares his beliefs not only on post-September 11 politics but also on terrorism throughout history. Alternating between an intimate interview and various lectures and appearances, the film is mainly Chomsky echoing the points made in his bestselling book 9-11, which derides the goals and motivations of official U.S. foreign policy. He addresses the prevalence of terrorism and its relationship to political power in the U.S. and around the globe, maintaining that a move away from hypocrisy is the only way to wage a true war on terror. In addition to the normal Chomsky spiel presented in other videos, such as Distorted Morality, the 73-year-old pundit also touches upon issues relating to Saddam Hussein. The latest footage in the film was shot in May 2002 and makes the topic's mere mention a grim sort of prophecy for the war in Iraq that would happen less than a year later. The New York Times has called Chomsky "the most important intellectual alive," although the paper also finds his beliefs "maddeningly simple-minded." But such simplicity is part of the appeal for his fans, some of whom appear here, both in discussion with the professor and in full adulation of him. Those looking for an introduction to both the man and his ideology should see Manufacturing Consent. Originally made for Japanese television by American director John Junkerman, Power and Terror's most disarming moments -- Chomsky's opinions notwithstanding -- are spurts of Japanese rock and pop music on the soundtrack. Despite these incongruous sounds, the film resonates as a fine record of current events as seen by one of the world's leading intellectuals.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2003
  • UPC: 720229910576
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: First Run Features
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:12:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 69,409

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Noam Chomsky
Technical Credits
John Junkerman Director, Editor
Takeshi Hata Editor
Kiyoshiro Imawano Score Composer
Koshiro Otsu Cinematographer
Yukata Tsurumaki Sound/Sound Designer
Tetsujiro Yamagami Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Sequence [3:02]
2. 9-11: Government and Popular Responses [5:41]
3. 9-11: "The War on Terror," Latin American Responses [4:04]
4. 9-11: Historical Perspective [2:38]
5. Middle Eastern Opposition to American Power [4:57]
6. Turkey's War Against the Kurds [2:58]
7. War Crimes in Germany and the Korean War [3:44]
8. Britain and the Middle East [2:34]
9. American Hegemony [5:39]
10. The Media, Palestine, Capitalism [6:26]
11. Chomsky's Activism, Vietnam [5:54]
12. The US, Israel, and Palestine [5:17]
13. The "Axis of Evil" [4:24]
14. Afghanistan; Intellectual Hypocrisy [1:53]
15. Linguistics and Politics [6:32]
16. Activism and Political Change [3:33]
17. End Credits [2:03]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Start Film
   Chapters
   Special Features
      Bonus Excerpts
         The U.S. and Iraq (UC-Berkeley, March 19, 2002)
         Globalization (Palo Alto, California, March 22, 2002)
         The American Political System (UC-Berkeley, March 19, 2002)
         Freedom of Information (Bronx, New York, May 25, 2002)
      Profiles
         Noam Chomsky
         John Junkerman, Director
         Tetsujiro Yamagami, Producer
         Imawano Kiyoshiro, Music
      About the Book
      Trailer Gallery
         The Trials of Henry Kissinger
         42 Up
         Berkeley in the Sixties
         Contact Us
   First Run Features
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    INTERESTED IN THE FORCES DRIVING U.S. /EUROPEAN CORPORATE MEDIA & THEIR DOMESTIC/FOREIGN POLICY AGENDAS?

    Highly recommended. Throughout the U.S. and the world, individuals' sense of self actualization and their experience of life is being shaped by increasingly rarefied property ownership norms and a priority with owning/having objects and what's fashionable. Wage compensation is becoming an alienated essence for expropriated surplus value created by third world laborers and related third world labor circuits (clothing contract manufacturers & natural resource miners/workers -- South-East Asia, Latin America, Africa). Concurrently, an abstracting and dehumanization of social norms is accelerating within an increasingly rarefied American class system divorced from the realities of the world outside. People in the US are, increasingly leading atomized and detached lives, separated from community and identity outside of the consumer realm. Individuals' integrity and concerns with social justice recede as income gaps worsen. Moreover, the lens and organs of the national media (entertainment spectacle and joke that it has become) are themselves becoming tools for manipulation rather than a resource for public information. The media advances zones of comfort, consumption cocoons that insulate from reality, which become the norm while increasingly detached from stark socioeconomic realities in the inner cities and the Third World. Resources are appropriated from abroad (coffee beans (Brazil/Central America/India), oil, aluminum,rubber, etc.) at cutthroat prices. Media, social and political circles -- Western intelligentsia -- become increasingly separated from the core social spaces in which methods of production were originally architected by post WW II British/American elites. Significantly, America's intellectual discourse deteriorates as it shifts to celebrity stories, sports metaphors, hierarchical norms -- all designed to subconsciously encourage broad based passive submission to authority structures.

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